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5kira

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Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:29 AM
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I recently read a book and being the reviewer type (I like to review for Tripadvisor, too) I thought about leaving a review.) This was before someone pointed out that it is against policy to review a book in a genre you write.) I enjoyed the book and decided on 4 stars. I think the 5 stars are for something outstanding (like Lord of the Rings in the movie realm). This book was engaging and kept me reading but not one of the best books I've ever read. When I went back to the site I saw the book already had 3 reviews--all 5 star. Should I add my overall favourable 4 star review and bring down the average? I decided not to.
jeanetteraleigh

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:35 AM   in response to: 5kira in response to: 5kira
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I would say add your review. It's how you feel and the author would be as grateful (or should be) for your 4 star review as for the three 5 stars.

I leave reviews for every genre, even the ones I write in. However, I've never left a 1 or 2 star, mostly because I'll quit reading a book that sinks that low. Again, honesty is the key. Because I am genuine with the books in my category and usually rave about the authors anyway, I think everyone can see that there is no 'competitive' issue with it as sometimes happens.
amb50

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:39 AM   in response to: 5kira in response to: 5kira
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Reviews are for readers
iversonks

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:42 AM   in response to: 5kira in response to: 5kira
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I agree about just going ahead and posting it. Honestly, I think if you want to leave a review, it doesn't matter what sort of review it is, what genre it is, or anything else. If you wish to leave one, you should. Just consider what would happen if a lot of people had the thoughts of not doing so? Then there would end up being [b]no[/b] reviews, and that's not entirely a good thing.

I know that, as an author, I appreciate any review, even if they bash my book. That person took the time to not only read the book, but post a review about it. They didn't have to do so. It may help some people to see it, others it may not, but either way, if it's something you feel you'd like to do, just go ahead and do it. :)
jeanetteraleigh

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:46 AM   in response to: amb50 in response to: amb50
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Authors are readers, too. I am a voracious reader and rather opinionated in what I like.
amb50

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:48 AM   in response to: jeanetteraleigh in response to: jeanetteraleigh
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Everyone is opinionated
michaelraytaylor

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:49 AM   in response to: amb50 in response to: amb50
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I think reviewers should be honest, and some are just stingier with their stars than others, just like some teachers guard As and Bs more closely. Since three-fourths of my 63 reviews are 5-star, I have nothing to complain about, but the only thing that irks me is that a few 2 and 3 star reviewers have said nothing but praise in their review copy, yet still assign the lower stars. I would like to know why they thought it wasn't worth more. One 3-star said it was too short, and one found two (count 'em) typos, but all of the rest have written the same sort of copy as my 5-star reviews. Confusing.

Another thing I wonder if other writers have noticed: Since publication, I have generally had twice as many reviews at Goodreads as at Amazon, but Goodreads ratings tend to average 1/2 to one star lower. I've noticed this on a couple of other titles not mine, as well. Have others had the experience of slightly lower reviews at Goodreads?
jeanetteraleigh

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:51 AM   in response to: amb50 in response to: amb50
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That's true :)

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amb50

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:55 AM   in response to: michaelraytaylor in response to: michaelraytaylor
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I have noticed goodreads readers give an average of a star lower too. Interestings stats for sure. Amazon are currently culling some reviews from books, so will be interesting to see the outcome...

I guess they have in some way violated the TOS?
tracihilton

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:03 AM   in response to: amb50 in response to: amb50
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About the culling...I lost a three star review. Interesting! It's the only review out of about 50, that I lost. Do you know what they are looking at when they remove reviews?

Traci
amb50

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:10 AM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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No Traci, I've no idea. There are a couple of threads on the general discussions board about it and some people have lost a lot of reviews. Seems crazy. Apparently Amazon have not given reasons so far..
daysoldier

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 1:54 PM   in response to: jeanetteraleigh in response to: jeanetteraleigh
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Authors are readers, too. I am a voracious reader and
rather opinionated in what I like.

I think the "reviews are for readers" point was saying you should write a review so potential new readers will have something to consider before purchasing it, but you shouldn't ask yourself what it's going to do to the author's rating average.

vlgallas

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 1:59 PM   in response to: 5kira in response to: 5kira
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Well, I have a different view on giving 5-stars. If I do not consider a book outstanding, I do not review it.

In reference to my own books: I have one valuable, well-written 5-star and two 4-stars that I really appreciate. The other 5-stars on the same book are nice, but just there. Its two 1-stars and one 2-star are a load of crap. I have no 3-stars on it, but doubt I would take issue with one.
mike4128

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 2:10 PM   in response to: daysoldier in response to: daysoldier
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I agree.

Every book (well almost) that an author writes thinks is a great book.

And just like Kindle, there are ways around things.

But you have to keep distance from your' own book - readers must decide, and if there wasn't KDP Select they'de vote with their wallets.

Sit back and watch.

Authors - if nothing else - should be honest.

Learn about Kindle and play by the rules.

Write write write. Put several items up there for cross-sells.

And then sit back and watch - learn - rankings especially.

We're up against freebies - giveaways - smut - 200 year old classic writers with no family and no royalties - all on Amazon.com.

I think - just by looking at titles alone;

That there are a tremendous amount of talented writers out there.
iversonks

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Re: Five star or nothing mentality
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 2:27 PM   in response to: mike4128 in response to: mike4128
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Love it Mike. Very true too.
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